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A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son by Geoffrey C. Ward

By Geoffrey C. Ward

Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. furnish and ran roughshod over the full global of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told by way of his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward used to be the Bernie Madoff of his day, a meant genius at making immense cash speedy on Wall highway who grew to become out to were working a massive pyramid scheme—one that finally collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American heritage. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets and techniques of his personal to maintain, Ward got here to big apple at twenty-one and in below a decade, armed with appeal, strength, and a complete loss of judgment of right and wrong, made himself the enterprise associate of the previous president of the USA and used to be generally hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” honestly, he became out to be an entire fraud, his complete lifestyles marked by means of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.
Drawing from millions of family members records by no means earlier than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s swift upward thrust to riches and repute and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; quick horses and crooked bankers and corrupt long island officers; court confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his palms at the property his past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a few vintage American con artist, advised with boundless allure and dry wit through certainly one of our most interesting historians.

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Vann Woodward CONTENTS INTRODUCTION The Crossroads of Our Being CHAPTER ONE 1861 A House Divided WHY THE WAR CAME BY DON E. FEHRENBACHER CHAPTER TWO 1862 Forever Free WHO FREED THE SLAVES? BY BARBARA J. FIELDS CHAPTER THREE 1863 The Universe of Battle MEN AT WAR: AN INTERVIEW WITH SHELBY FOOTE CHAPTER FOUR 1864 Most Hallowed Ground 239 WAR AND POLITICS BY JAMES M. MCPHERSON CHAPTER FIVE 1865 The Better Angels of Our Nature 291 WHAT THE WAR MADE US BY C. m. on the 12th of April, 1861, General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard directed his Confederate gunners to open fire on Fort Sumter, at that hour only a dark shape out in Charleston harbor.

In the back of the church, a strange, gaunt man rose to his feet and raised his right hand. ” He was John Brown. Twenty-one years later, on Sunday evening, October 16, 1859, that same John Brown, bearded now like an Old Testament prophet, led a tiny army of five black and thirteen white men into the village of Harpers Ferry, Virginia. He brought along a wagon filled with two hundred rifles, two hundred pistols, and a thousand pikes with which to arm the slaves he was sure were going to rally to him.

I gave him about thirty first-rate stripes,” Brooks told reporters proudly. “Towards the last, he bellowed like a calf. ” Admirers sent him new canes. Northern and southern senators alike began to carry knives and pistols into the chamber. ” The killing along the Missouri border would not stop for ten years. Worse news for the antislavery forces was still to come. Every new state that had entered the Union since 1819 had disfranchised the blacks within its borders. In 1857, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision that disfranchised them in the territories as well.

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